According to recent research, each adult in the UK spends an average of £445 on Christmas gifts, and that money has to come from somewhere. However, if you don’t have much spare cash to set aside why not earn your Christmas budget instead? Here are 21 clever- and easy- ways to make extra cash that you might not have thought of.
1. Become a ‘Task Rabbit
TaskRabbit is a site where people post errands and other small tasks and then ‘rabbits’ – or rather workers- can claim them. Fancy doing someone’s Christmas wrapping for £38? That’s on offer, as are thousands of other casual jobs such as helping someone move home.
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2. Get paid to take online surveys
Filling in on-line surveys is an increasingly popular way to make extra cash in the run up to Christmas. You can make up to £3 per survey, and they aren’t exactly hard or taxing.
The top 10 survey sites are:
1. Swagbucks – get $5 (£3) instantly just for signing up (open to UK customers).
2. My Survey – earn cash or get paid in Amazon, Homebase or Debenhams vouchers.
3. iPoll – Choose your own rewards for completing surveys, including Amazon vouchers and magazine subscriptions.
4. Global Test Market – earn cash and rewards for taking surveys; rewards from Boots, Amazon, Argos and more.
5. Offers Cash – Earn up to £150 for completing 10 offers, including website registrations and free trials.
6. Opinion People – get paid in cash or Amazon vouchers, plus free monthly prize draws and raffles
7. Pinecone Research – Pinecone Research is a brilliant survey company that’s well worth signing up to. The reason we’ve listed it last is because they don’t accept everyone. It’s worth applying though, as they pay out £3 a survey (which only take 15-20 mins to complete).
8. GfK MediaView – Give your opinion on TV and radio programmes and earn tickets to go in the prize draw to win £1,000 cash and other prizes.
9. Inbox Pounds – Get paid £1 just for joining then earn cash by taking surveys, watching videos, reading emails and more.
10. Nielson Online Panel: Earn while you surf – install the free Nielson online app to your computer, and you’ll automatically get entered into monthly prize draws (they have 150 lots of £30,000 to give away for starters). After you’ve installed the app you’re done – you don’t even need to fill out any surveys.
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3. Dig out your old Disney DVDs
Have you ever decided to buy a specific Disney DVD only to find it isn’t available? That’s because Disney Studios restrict the supply of their films to increase demand. If you have any of the most popular films in your collection you could sell them online for a big profit. Keep an eye on eBay and check the latest prices: Beauty and the Beast is currently selling for up to £75!
4. Offer a service on Fiverr
Fiverr is a quick and easy platform where sellers can post offers of skilled work starting at just £5. This low starting price attracts a lot of attention, but don’t worry: you can charge up to £500 for services such as music recording, writing, translation and gift making.
5. Become a ‘Mechanical Turk’ for Amazon
The original ‘mechanical Turk’ was an 18th century mechanical chess playing machine, but this service is actually based on a need for human input. Companies post straightforward tasks (known as HITS) and you get paid to carry them out. Recent tasks include: ‘select the correct spelling for these search terms’ and ‘choose the appropriate category for these products’. Easy!
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6. Sign up to be an extra
There are plenty of TV programmes that need extras, soaps in particular. If you fancy getting paid around £80 a day to sit quietly in the Queen Vic or wander past some actors in Hollyoaks, you can sign up at Be On Screen.
7. Teach an on-line course
Do you have a specialist subject? If so, why not spread your knowledge far and wide by running a course on Udemy? It’s an online academy where you upload instructional videos about your favourite subjects. You get paid every time your course is downloaded.
8. Sell your photos online
If you’ve got some decent shots cluttering up your hard drive, it’s worth offering them to stock photo agencies like Shutterstock, who then put your images on sale. If someone purchases your image, you get around 25 cents. It might not sound like much, but it can quickly add up.
9. Sit on a fake jury
This is definitely one of the strangest ways to make money on our list. If you sign up to become a ‘mock juror’ on legal case practice site eJury, you can earn $10 for every case that you give a verdict on. It offers lawyers the change to practice their arguments on fake jurors before a real trial.
10. Get crafty
Good at knitting? Love to cross stitch? If so, you really need to start getting paid for your handiwork. Websites like Etsy make it easy to list your handmade items for sale, with paintings offering a particularly high profit margin.
11. Rent out a room
If you have a spare room- or a spare apartment or home- you can make extra money by renting it out on private bed and breakfast site Airbnb. It’s a great way to turn a tidy profit from your empty guest room.
12. Take advantage of ‘paid offer’ sites
Offer sites reward you with money and vouchers for taking part in various online activities such as signing up for newsletters, playing online games and registering with websites. Some reliable paid offer sites include Swagbucks.com, Bank of Offers, InboxPounds and PaidOffers.
13. Have a clear out
Listing items on eBay can be a bit time consuming, but if you set just one day aside for sorting through your closet, taking photographs and writing descriptions you could find that you’ve uploaded dozens of items by bedtime and made hundreds of pounds as a result.
14. Become a virtual assistant
There are plenty of busy professionals out there who don’t have time to book flights, transcribe notes, order their diary or make phone calls. That’s where you come in. Sites like Elance, Odesk and Peopleperhour offer plenty of work for people willing to do these straightforward tasks.
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15. Ding dong! Avon calling
It might seem a little old fashioned, but becoming an Avon rep can be very lucrative. All you need is an interest in beauty products and a fairly outgoing personality. It’s easy to apply and you receive a commission on every item sold.
16. Sell jams, chutneys, fruit, cakes and other produce
If you’re a keen baker, setting up a cupcake making sideline shouldn’t be too challenging. You can offer boxes to local cafes or set out a stall at your local market. If you enjoy growing fruit and vegetables, you can sell them on too, or turn them into jams and chutneys.
17. Get writing
These days, almost every business has a website or a blog, which means there’s a huge demand for web copy and other writing services. If you have a knack for writing then it’s worth uploading some of your best quality work to Problogger or Indeed.co.uk to attract commissions.
18. Rent out your belongings
Renting out your belongings might seem like an odd idea, but you’d be surprised at how lucrative it can be. Rentmyitems helps you rent out almost anything that could be of interest to someone else. Lawnmowers, camping equipment, bikes, sound systems…even fancy dress costumes!
19. Trade in your books to Amazon
Finished with your old books? You can trade them in to Amazon in return for gift cards that you can use to buy other things from the extensive online marketplace. It’s an ideal thing to do just before Christmas. What’s more, if you take part you get entered into a prize draw for a £1000 voucher.
20. Rent out your driveway or garage
If you’ve got an unused or barely used driveway outside your home, you can advertise it on Parklet or Just Park to bring in some additional cash.
21. Rent your house to a film crew
Why stop with the driveway? If you really want to make some big bucks then you could let a film company shoot some scenes in your home. Directors are always on the lookout for houses to film in, plus it’s fun to see your own place on TV. You can start the ball rolling by checking out film-locations.co.uk.
What do you think? Is there anything we’ve missed? Feel free to post your own suggestions and tips in the comments section below.
Written for MyFamilyClub.co.uk by Hilary Wardle